YOGA MAT - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Why is the room heated?
A: By practicing yoga in a heated room, you can sweat out and detoxify impurities from the body. You may experience stress-relief and feelings of calm as your body and mind come into harmony. New contours, toned muscles, and increased flexibility and balance are some exciting things to look forward to from a consistent Yoga practice. The best part? Changes come from the inside out. The temperature is around 95-102 degrees and the humidity range is 40-60%.
Q: How early should I arrive before class?
A: Please arrive 15-20 min. before your first class. This allows you time to get checked-in, change clothes (if needed) and get on your mat in the yoga room. The front door is locked 5-minutes before the official class start time.
Q: Is it best to come on an empty stomach?
A: In any type of Yoga, some postures give a mild to vigorous massage of the internal organs. Some postures are specifically designed to work on the digestive and elimination systems. For this reason, you shouldn’t go through the digesting process in a Yoga class. Keeping in mind that everybody has a different metabolism, it is usually suggested that two hours have passed since eating a meal before coming to class. Some people are okay with fruit or tea within that period but your body will tell you what is appropriate.
Q: What should I bring to class?
A: A Yoga mat, a large towel and a bottle of water. For a nominal fee you may rent them. Refrigerated water is available for purchase.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Remember that we are practicing in the heat. What you wear shouldn’t be too heavy or too loose either. For men: running trunks or swimming trunks will do it. You don’t really need a T-shirt but if you don’t feel comfortable without it, wear it. For women: a sports bra or tank top is fine. Wear shorts or capri-length exercise pants. No sweat pants or sauna suits. Apparel that wicks sweat away from your body may be more comfortable than sweat drenched cotton. If you don’t have Yoga clothes, don’t worry. Come with what you have.
Q: Can I lose weight doing hot yoga?
A: The calories burned in a typical hot yoga class range anywhere from 600-800. Many yoga practitioners find that the body reshapes itself naturally with a regular hot yoga practice. Since each individual’s body chemistry is unique, we cannot tell you how your body will respond except to say that your body will find it’s own balance. .
Q: Are there any rules I should be aware of?
A: Well, yes. We prefer to call it Hot Room Etiquette. No shoes in the yoga room except for yoga shoes or yogi toes. No walking around during or between postures. No chitchat with friends during or between postures and no cell phone. These activities can interfere with the flow of the class and the concentration of your fellow students. Drink water as you need but only between postures. Once you enter the yoga room, please be quiet so as to respect the sacred personal space of other students wishing to lie in stillness before class begins.
Q: Is there a place to store my personal belongings?
A: Small cubbies are provided for your personal items but no lockers. The front door is locked five minutes prior to class times.
Q: What sets you apart from other yoga studios?
A: We consider ourselves to be a green studio. We use natural botanical products to clean the premises and we do weekly ionizing shock treatments to purify the air and our duct system in the entire building. On another note, we offer holistic healing therapies and wellness education forums facilitated by licensed and certified professionals.
Q: Is your studio easy to find?
A: Yes, we are located in the back of Dunbar Professional Park, just off Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Just enter the complex and drive towards the back. Look for the prayer flags out front. Our address for GPS is 227 Dunbar Cave Road Suite A.
Q: Anything else to remember?
A: Yes, take it easy. It is as simple as that. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. The first class is not the one where you want to push. In fact, we suggest you to go through the first 5 to 10 classes to get in sync with yoga in the heat. You do not need to do all the postures or to be perfect. Forget the “No pain, no gain” thinking.
We look forward to seeing you at the mat soon!
**This content is for educational and general informational purposes only. This content does not constitute professional medical advise. Always consult your physician before beginning any physical activity.***